Stalin s We cannot infringe our laws.
Molotov ; A declaration of the Polish Government was published in
London yesterday. Its contents are unfriendly to the Soviet Union.
Stalin : The declaration is more than a newspaper reply. It is in fact
an official statement (eto zayavlenye). Where Soviet territory is concerned
there is no Soviet Government prepared to waive (ptkazalsia by) any
provisions of our Constitution. And the adherence of Western Ukraine
and Western White Ruthenia to the Soviet Union has been included in
Romer : On the other hand you will not find a single Pole who would
deny that Wilno and Lwow are Polish. I myself so declare it in your
presence,, Mr. President, with the fullest conviction.
Stalin : I understand your viewpoint. We also have ours. We are quits.
EXCERPTS FROM AMBASSADOR ROMER'S CONVERSATION
WITH MOLOTOV, PEOPLE'S COMMISSAR FOR FOREIGN
AFFAIRS, AT THE KREMLIN ON MARCH 9, 1943.
Romer : Before entering upon the actual subject of our conversation
to-day I regret to have to communicate to you a number of events which
to my painful surprise have recently occurred in this territory.
The arrests of local representatives of the Embassy continued throughout
the whole second half of 1942 and increased in number in January and
February last. In these two months twenty-one representatives were
arrested whose names, previously, had been regularly made known to the
People's Commissariat for Foreign Affairs, and who, for the most part, had
been confirmed in their functions. The Embassy has not, in one single
instance, been informed of these arrests, nor of the reasons thereof.
The authorities have begun to carry out the instructions contained in
the Note of the People's Commissariat for Foreign Affairs of January 16
last, concerning citizenship. They are forcing Polish citizens to accept
Soviet passports. At Kirov, employees at the local Embassy warehouse
were summoned to take out Soviet passports. The vast majority of these
employees refused to do so and were arrested together with their families.
One of our largest warehouses serving a wide expanse of territory in the
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was thus deprived of its staff and
immobilized. In this connection it must be noted that the fate of shipments
of relief goods sent from abroad for the Polish population and already under
way from Archangel has not yet been ascertained.
A similar procedure was applied at Kirov and Kustanay with regard to
all Polish citizens living there j the number of those arrested in these
circumstances already amounts to about two hundred.
The same principles are applied with regard to families of members of
the Polish armed forces now on active service in Great Britain and the
Near East. Thus the People's Commissariat for Foreign Affairs refused
to allow a group of families of Polish military men to leave the Soviet
Union, although before rny departure from Kuybyshev, to be precise on
December 23, 1942, that is to say before the issue of the Soviet Note of
January 16, 1943, I had received the most formal undertakings from
Deputy Commissar Vyshinsky on behalf of the Soviet Government that
the permission would be granted. . . .
Throughout the territories of the U.S.S.R., Polish welfare institutions,
such as orphanages, homes for invalids, etc., are being sovietized. The
home for invalids and the orphanage at Bolshaya Konstantinovka in the
Kuibyshev area were taken over in the following circumstances. On